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Async/Await Could Be Better

, 11 Apr 2012
This article will explain how the async/await pair really works and why it could be better if real cooperative threading was used instead.
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Threading;

namespace Pfz.Threading.Cooperative
{
	public sealed class CooperativeJobManager:
		IDisposable
	{
		private readonly HashSet<CooperativeJob> _allTasks = new HashSet<CooperativeJob>();
		internal readonly Queue<CooperativeJob> _queuedTasks = new Queue<CooperativeJob>();
		internal bool _waiting;
		private bool _wasDisposed;

		public CooperativeJobManager()
		{
			// The real implementation uses my UnlimitedThreadPool class.
			// I removed such class in this version to give a smaller download
			// and make the right classes easier to find.
			var thread = new Thread(_RunAll);
			thread.Start();
		}
		public void Dispose()
		{
			lock(_queuedTasks)
			{
				_wasDisposed = true;

				if (_waiting)
					Monitor.Pulse(_queuedTasks);
			}
		}

		public bool WasDisposed
		{
			get
			{
				return _wasDisposed;
			}
		}

		private void _RunAll()
		{
			CooperativeJob task = null;
			//try
			//{
				while(true)
				{
					lock(_queuedTasks)
					{
						if (_queuedTasks.Count == 0)
						{
							if (task == null)
							{
								do
								{
									if (_wasDisposed && _allTasks.Count == 0)
										return;

									_waiting = true;
									Monitor.Wait(_queuedTasks);
								}
								while (_queuedTasks.Count == 0);
							}
						}
						else
						{
							if (task != null)
								_queuedTasks.Enqueue(task);
						}

						if (_queuedTasks.Count != 0)
						{
							_waiting = false;
							task = _queuedTasks.Dequeue();
						}
					}

					CooperativeJob._current = task;
					if (!task._Continue() || task._waiting)
						task = null;
				}
			//} will only work with real stacksavers.
			//finally
			//{
			//	CooperativeTask._current = null;
			//}
		}

		public CooperativeJob Run(Action action)
		{
			if (action == null)
				throw new ArgumentNullException("action");

			var result = new CooperativeJob(this);
			var stackSaver = new StackSaver(() => _Run(result, action));
			result._stackSaver = stackSaver;
			lock(_queuedTasks)
			{
				_allTasks.Add(result);
				_queuedTasks.Enqueue(result);

				if (_waiting)
					Monitor.Pulse(_queuedTasks);
			}

			return result;
		}
		private void _Run(CooperativeJob task, Action action)
		{
			try
			{
				CooperativeJob._current = task;
				action();
			}
			finally
			{
				CooperativeJob._current = null;

				lock(_allTasks)
					_allTasks.Remove(task);
			}
		}
	}
}

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Paulo Zemek
Architect
Canada Canada
I started to program computers when I was 11 years old, as a hobbist, programming in AMOS Basic and Blitz Basic for Amiga.
At 12 I had my first try with assembler, but it was too difficult at the time. Then, in the same year, I learned C and, after learning C, I was finally able to learn assembler (for Motorola 680x0).
Not sure, but probably between 12 and 13, I started to learn C++. I always programmed "in an object oriented way", but using function pointers instead of virtual methods.
 
At 15 I started to learn Pascal at school and to use Delphi. At 16 I started my first internship (using Delphi). At 18 I started to work professionally using C++ and since then I've developed my programming skills as a professional developer in C++ and C#, generally creating libraries that help other developers do they work easier, faster and with less errors.
 
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Codeproject MVP 2012
Microsoft MVP 2013

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